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she with her own thoughts, that she did not notice the convulsive sobs that shook the confessional, as she described in eloquent words the intensity of her love for Alfred. She depicted her anguish at their separation, the struggle between desire and duty when she received the letters, and finished by praying that it might not impede her entrance into the heavenly world, that purified and holy it was still enshrined in her heart of hearts. As she paused for the benediction, overcome with the exertion, the door of the confessional suddenly opened, and raising her eyes, Rose uttered a shriek of surprise, and sank fainting in the arms of Alfred de Beaujeu ! Forgetting all else but that he held his beloved at last within his grasp, he lavished the caresses of affection upon her senseless form, begging that she would grant him but one look in the name of their long cherished love. His voice recalled the spirit from the verge of the unknown world. Opening her eyes, she fixed upon him a look of unutterable affection, murmured his name, and fell back heavily upon his arm — he gazed upon the dead! Once more he saw her, dressed in bridal robes, the orange wreath fastening the veil that concealed her golden hair, the wedding ring upon her finger - all even as he had pictured in his airy visions, there she lay - the bride of Death!
The confessor of the convent (who had been unexpectedly called away, and requested the Superior of the Jesuits to send another brother in his place to the Sacré Cœur, which explained the opportune appearance of Alfred,) returned in time to perform the funeral service for the deceased nun, and none dreamed of the mighty agitation that swelled to bursting the heart of the priest who assisted him at the mournful ceremony, and no eye saw the look of intense love that, lingering, took its last fond farewell of the dead novice. The next day Father Alfred petitioned for a transfer to the order of La Trappe, and not a monk of that most severe of severe communities practises more unceasing austerities than Alfred de Beaujeu.
Trust me, gentle reader, many a romance lies hidden beneath the priestly cowl, and the smouldering embers of disappointed affection would ofttimes be found, were the heart of the cloistered nun laid bare to view.
THE SUN KEN CITY.
HARK! the faint bells of the Sunken City
Peal once more their wonted evening chime; From the Deep's abysses floats a ditty,
Wild and wondrous, of the olden time.
So the bells of Memory's wonder-city
Peal for me their old melodious chime: So my heart pours forth a changeful ditly,
Sad and pleasant, from the by-gone time.
Temples, towers, and domes of many stories
There lie buried in an ocean-grave, Undescried, save when their golden glories
Glearn at sunset through the lighted wave.
Domnes, and towers, and castles, fancy-builded,
There lie lost to Daylight's garish beans, There lie hidden, till unveiled and gilded,
Glory-gilded, by my nightly dreams!
And the mariner who hath seen them glisten, | And then hear I music sweet up-knelling
In whose ears those magic bells do sound, From many a well-known phantom-band, Night by night bide there to watch and listen, And through tears can see my natural dwelling Though Death lurks behind each dark roc | Far off in the Spirit's luminous Land!
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HEAR, blue-eyed PALLAS! Eagerly we call,
Where'er thy deeds are told;
Those, chiefly, done of old, When, bearing in the van, thou didst the Giants fight.
Brain-born of Zeus, thou who dost teach to men
The life of those thou lovest well prolong,
Come, PARTHENOS, to thy beloved home,
Where hungry oceans foam,
Oh, come not to us clad in armor bright,
And Æolus bears incense from the shores
And his wild torrent pours ['the Indian sea, and all the trees rich odors rain.
Thou who the daring Argonauts did'st guide
(While taught of thee, their sweet task they fulfil, • Plying the distaff with a curious skill,)
Tell of the time when, brighter than a star,
And blander breezes and serener skies
Oh, radiant goddess ! shall this sacred day
And fade to evening gray,
LORD, worshipp'd might He be! what a beard thou hast got!
- His beard grew thin and hungerly, and seem'd to ask him sops as he was drinking!
TOWARD the termination of my Essay of the last month on this grave and momentous topick, 0 thou bright and courteous Editor of the rising and extending KNICKERBOCKER! I had perceived myself to be suddenly falling into the gay and discursive humour that doth alas ! so easily beset me; and that is so adverse to, and subversive of a nice and logical consideration of the grave social enormity to which the population of this metropolis is becoming prone : — I can only mean the enormity of BEARDS.
I therefore closed, after the expression of a few hasty thoughts; intending to resume the subject when I should bring myself to a more quiet and philosophick tone and frame of mind. I thought also of the familiar Latin proverb, which is not however (as I am classically informed) the proverb of an ancient date, but which nevertheless, whether ancient or modern, carries the judicious purport on its front, that it does not become us to dispute on matters of Taste; and I desired thereupon to examine the other side of the proposition, and to know whether countervailing thoughts might not arise in my breast in favour of this imitation as a matter of taste by civilized man, of the proper appendage of the goat.
Alas, that I should say so! like so many wiser and better men, the longer the time may be that I spend in reflection, the more fixed and perfect is the conviction that I, I only if it must be so, I.only am altogether in the right.
Tastel say I, TASTE! — Suppose a wretch should decide upon go ing home and shooting his father and mother — shall it be considered a matter of Taste whether of the two he shall first plump over ?
Suppose a man found guilty of having eaten a potato with a woodcock; or of having dismissed his plate during the autumnal months with the head of that delicious bird untouched upon it is he ever thereafter to be permitted to make use of the word Taste?
Suppose a Gentleman upon a Summer day to receive from the garden of a kind friend at Hell-Gate, (pardon the word, I believe it to be legitimate,) a delicious head of Lettuce in the cool of morning for his sallad of the day. He has placed it in a dish apart from the ice, on one of the stone shelves of his upright Refrigerator. He takes it forth at the right moment to be dressed by his own hands for the dinner. He first divests it of the outer leaves. He arrives at the cool, white, elastick, crisp inner-coatings, edged with the most delicate hue of seagreen-he cracks them off the central stalk, close to the stalk that bore them, and this discloses an inner layer of leaves yet more delicate and pure, with a dreamy imagination, at the topmost border, of what might in time have mingled into green. He cracks these also off; and behold! the budding leaves that were never intended to be touched by colour! These also, these infant foliations of this delicious offering of nature for the recreation of man, these too, are yet more carefully taken from the parent stalk to delight and crown the bowl.
Now slowly, leaf after leaf, all cool, all spotless, all dewy, all moist, all invigorated, all crisp, leaf after leaf, has been gently folded, tenderly sheltered, in a pure white. damask napkin, (O call it dried, absorbed, not wiped !) and quietly, deftly, gracefully, daintily placed into the cool glass bowl; the hollow of each leaf lying upward to receive (from a box-wood or Swiss-poplar spoon) a small quantity of the dressing immortalized by the pen of the late Reverend and distinguished Sydney Smith in the following lines :
Two large potatoes, passed through kitchen sieve,
Our judicious host, mindful that much of the day's happiness of his guests is now at stake, wields artistically his wooden fork and spoon, and while he distributes the contents of the bowl among his friends with the justice and liberality of the gods, takes care to see that each part of each leaf enjoys its due proportion of the dressing. He accomplishes this without in the least degree bruising or discomposing or diminishing the crispness of even the most tender of the leaves, and hardly disturbs its repose until he has deposited it in the centre of the plate of the convive.
Now suppose this convive, this guest, instead of transferring it upbroken unbruised unruffled into the penetralia of his mouth, by means of rolling it gracefully around his silver fourchette, should proceed to mince and chop and hash it up upon his plate with his steel knife, destroying all the lacteal veins and vessels of the tortured plant that at